Sundt Construction, Inc. was honored during the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America 2015 Alliant Build America Awards held on March 19 at the AGC’s 96th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sundt won the Environmental Enhancement category for its work on the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler.
The highly sought-after award recognizes construction excellence in state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation, sustainability, client services, community contributions, safety and meeting the challenges of a difficult job.
“This prestigious award is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and innovation that was needed from our design-build team to successfully deliver such a highly complex, technical project,” said Sundt Vice President and Project Executive Greg Ayres. “We worked closely with multiple stakeholders who, despite each having their own specific requirements and priorities, ultimately wanted the same goal of efficiently delivering usable water.”
The $75-million project was completed in April of 2014. A global semiconductor manufacturer selected Sundt and Carollo Engineers, Inc. as the design-build team to reconstruct the water treatment plant, which supports the City of Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility (CHRO) as it treats additional waste streams brought on by the manufacturer’s recently built Ocotillo Campus fabrication facility. The project included modifications to the existing CHRO influent pump station, a modified finished water pump station, a repurposed brine concentrator, sludge storage, a sludge dewatering facility with belt filter presses, repurposed brine evaporation ponds, chemical feed systems, electrical buildings and instrumentation, and supervisory control and data acquisition programming and upgrades.
“Our team’s commitment to focused communication and collaboration under an aggressive project schedule enabled us to develop solutions that minimized complexity and provided an efficient, flexible and operable facility,” said Ayres. “The new facility not only reduces the volume of brine leaving the CHRO facility, but also recovers high-quality water that can be used in place of potable water from the city.”
Sundt has constructed some of the most complex water treatment projects in the Southwest. The general contractor’s resume includes more than 100 projects totaling more than $1.2 billion. Projects in the water-treatment arena include the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility in Chandler; Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biological Nutrient Removal and Oxidation Ditch facility in Tucson; Greenfield Water Reclamation South Plant in Gilbert; and the Butler Water Reclamation Facility in Peoria.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. Known nationally for its innovative approach to construction services, the firm is currently ranked the 62nd largest construction company in the United States by ENR, the industry’s principal trade magazine.